Monday, May 16, 2011

Author Interview & Giveaway

The contest/Giveaway is now closed.
The winner is Lieder from Songs and Stories   Congratulations! 
(An email has been sent with the coupon code)
Thanks to those of you who entered.

Please welcome Michelle Scott to Fantasy Book Chick.

Tell us a little about yourself…
I’m a native Michigander and a wife and mother of three(!) teenagers.  Both my parents loved to tell stories, and my mother always read aloud to me and took me to the library.  I was extremely lucky that way!

You can find Michelle:

FBC:  What do you enjoy doing when not writing?

MS:  I love to camp!  My husband is a high school teacher, so we’re blessed to be able to spend our summers touring the U.S.  Last year, we explored the southwest and, very soon, we’ll be heading off to the east coast.  We travel on a strict budget, so I like to ferret out as many cheap thrills as I can, like visiting historical sites and those strange, roadside oddities you hear about, such as the Cadillac Ranch in Texas.  I also enjoy gardening, knitting, and going to the movies.

FBC:  When did you begin writing?

MS:  I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making up stories.  I used to tell them to my little sister when I was very small.  And, in high school, I wrote a lot of stories as well.  It wasn’t until after I got married, however, that I started to take my writing seriously.  My husband and I had moved to Detroit where we didn’t know a soul, and since I wasn’t working, I had a lot of time to kill.  I quickly filled that with writing.

FBC:  Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?

MS:  All of the above!  I love electronica music (Zero 7, Morcheeba, etc.) and will play the same dozen albums over and over again when I write.  I also love coffee!  (And chocolate, and cookies, and…)  So, in the mornings when I write, I always have a mug of coffee at my elbow.

FBC:  What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?

MS:  I’m right in the middle of T.C. Boyle’s “When the Killing Ends” which is a fascinating look at invasive species in California, and the controversy surrounding wildlife management.  I’m a huge fan of Boyle, who is a very versatile writer.  My next read will be one that I’m reviewing for my book review blog, Cheap Thrills.

FBC:  Who are some of your favorite authors?

MS:  T.C. Boyle, J. K. Rowling, Stephen King, Lois Lowry, Margaret Atwood, Charlaine Harris, Anne Rice, John Steinbeck…

FBC:  What other projects are you working on or having coming out next?

MS:  I’m working on a paranormal romance series about a rather vain, uptight woman who, because of her great-great-great grandmother’s deal with the devil, must either become a succubus or allow the devil to take her eight-year-old daughter.  I’ve never written adult paranormal romance before and am really enjoying it!

FBC:  Why did you choose to write YA paranormal/fantasy genre?

MS:  I actually wrote my YA books for my daughters.  They’ve always wanted to have books dedicated in their honor, so I wrote each of these stories just for them, and I’m nearly finished with a science fiction novel that I wrote for my son.  I also really enjoy reading YA books.  I frequently raid my children’s libraries!

FBC:  If  you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?

MS:  Boy, that’s a question I’ve thought over a few hundred times.  Especially after watching the TV show, “Heroes”.  I guess I would like to be invisible since it would allow me to get into the movies for free.

FBC:  Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book…

MS:  I try very hard to write books that are page turners.  I love a fast-paced book, and expect that my readers will as well.  I also grew up loving books like “The Little Princess” and “Oliver Twist”…rags to riches stories in which the main characters endure terrible hardships only to find their places in the world.  In “Uncommon Magic”, my heroine Mira, has to put up with a lot.  She is forced to work for an evil-tempered laundress, helplessly watches a mean-spirited girl steal her boyfriend, endures eating fish head stew, and is imprisoned for something she had no control over.  And that’s just the beginning.

In Mira Meadowmarsh’s world, Magicians have complete control over ordinary people like herself.  Magicians rule with iron fists, levying taxes, seizing property, and meting out harsh punishment to those who break the rules.  But while the un-magical commons cannot defend themselves against the Magician’s magic, there is one thing that Magicians fear: inventions.  So when rumors spread that the un-magical are building machines and planning an uprising, the Magicians retaliate with even harsher laws.

At first, all of this means nothing to Mira who doesn’t give a fig about politics.  She’s in love, and life is sweet.  But when she discovers that her brother is an inventor who’s suddenly the most wanted man in the country and that the boy she loves, her companion since childhood, is really a Magician, Mira finds herself in the middle of a brewing revolution.

One  winner will be chosen for an e-book copy of Uncommon Magic by Michelle Scott.
The winner will be emailed a coupon code for Smashwords to download a copy for your e-book reader.
Contest/Giveaway is open to anyone 13 years or older and who is able to download an e-book from Smashwords.

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***Contest runs May 16, 2011 - May 20, 2011***
(Winner will be chosen May 21, 2011 using


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  1. Awesome interview! The book looks amazing, I'd love to win.


  2. Lovely interview, this book looks great! Thank you!


  3. Thanks for the giveaway offer! Found you from Free Book Giveaways